The first nomination forms appeared in the Worthing Herald, Lancing Herald, Shoreham Herald, Steyning Herald and Littlehampton Gazette on Thursday, March 25, and a second form will appear in the April 1 edition, and subsequent weeks.
All nominees will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in November, hosted by Meridian Tonight presenter Fred Dinenage.
See video from the 2009 Community Stars awards here.
Listed below are the categories open for nominations
now, until September.
Best carer '“ Sponsored by AcreCare
MANY people just couldn't cope without their amazing carers who quietly help people without realising how much they are depended on.
So why don't you nominate a carer and show them how special they are?
Best neighbour '“ Sponsored by McCarthy & Stone
IS your neighbour also a friend in times of need?
Do they do so much more than lending you a cup of sugar?
If you couldn't do without your neighbour, let them know by nominating them.
YOU cannot help but admire volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to helping others but never ask for a penny. But how often do you hear about their hard work? We want to change that '“ and you can help.
Star of the community '“ Sponsored by Families for Children
AT the centre of every community is a real shining star who strives to make people's lives better.
Nothing is too much trouble for this person or team of people who make a real difference to the community. They simply are a star.
Sportsperson of the year
WHETHER it's football, swimming or tennis, there is a sporting star in the community who stands out from the crowd.
Do you know someone with a bulging medal cabinet or someone who can never be faulted on their effort levels?
SCHOOLS and colleges bring out the best in students.
Do you know a student who has gone that extra mile for others, who has become an all-round education star or who has achieved in the face of adversity?
HAVE you ever felt blown away by someone's bravery, caring nature or amazing talents?
Has someone's story filled you with admiration and respect?
This award is for someone who is a true inspiration and deserves to be recognised as the shining star they are.
Sports team of the year
ARE you part of a team who has enjoyed fabulous sporting success this year?
Do you know a team who don't have tons of trophies but who play with passion and spirit and take on challenges with determination?
Are you a proud manager or coach? Get in touch.
ANY team would be lost without its manager or coach.
That person who pulls the troops together, who is encouraging and inspirational and is prepared to do anything for the sake of their team.
Do you know a person who fits the bill? Then nominate them.
Courageous youngster '“ Sponsored by Shoreham College
DO you know a child who has been brave beyond their years?
Are you proud of how your child, your sibling or your grandchild has coped with a personal challenge?
Help us congratulate our courageous youngsters.
HAVE you been amazed by the care you have received, thanks to a pharmacist, your GP or your midwife?
Would you like the exceptional work of a hospital team or individual to be recognised?
Then let us know about your health heroes.
Charity of the year
IN every community, dozens of charities and their volunteers are helping to raise vital funds and provide care for the vulnerable.
Do you know a charity that works tirelessly but does not get the recognition it deserves? Tell us.
IS there a local shopworker or shopkeeper that brightens your day every time you pop into their shop?
Does someone always go that extra mile to make your shopping experience extra special? Say thanks by nominating them.
THE clue is the name when it comes to best friends '“ they are simply the best.
Do you have a best friend who is always there for you, is never too busy and has helped you through tough times?
Show them how grateful you are.
DO you have a talented teacher who goes that extra mile?
Has a special teacher brought out the best in your son or daughter?
Help us recognise the inspirational teachers in our community by nominating them.
ARE you a pupil who wakes up excited about going to school?
Are you a teacher who thinks the school you work for stands out from the crowd?
What does your school do differently to make learning fun? Let us know.
Has someone amazed you with their bravery?
Has a friend or relative battled through an illness with dignity and courage?
Or has someone shown bravery in other ways, putting themselves in danger to help others? We want to know
During the six month build-up to voting time people nominated for awards will have their stories featured in the Herald/Gazette series.
Last year, the Herald and Gazette offices were inundated with more than 300 nominations and almost 10,000 votes and we expect this year to be no different.
So don't delay, nominate your Community Star today.
Anyone interested in being a sponsor for one of the award categories should call Dianne Gill on 01243 534124.
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